Review: BUUR

The multi-venue dining destination, the Pavilion in the buzzing JBR, is home to the chic German café BUUR. Opening its doors in Dubai for the very first time, the well-known brand hailing all the way from Germany is recognised for their unique breakfast and brunch dishes around Cologne, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt.

In Dubai, BUUR is taking things a step further, now offering diners the option to tuck into dinner plates as well. And what’s exciting about this, is that Dubai is this café’s first location to do so.

The licensed setting boasts a 300-seat capacity across a two-story dining hall, an elegant bar and a shisha lounge. The indoor space opens out to an air- conditioned terrace within the Pavilion, lined with gorgeous greenery, where we chose to dine. Look for the catchy neon signs, the wood panelled elements, a larger-than-life portrait bust, a chic design throughout and a must mention, the picturesque swing in the lady’s washroom that simply calls for a photo.


The highlights:

Diners can avail the menu via a QR code, that reveals continental Breakfast/Lunch options, special offers, and an Iranian/Lebanese Dinner selection. We were amazed to find out that if you clicked into a specific dish, you were also offered recommended items that would go best with your preferred choice.

As with most restaurants we visit for the first time, we’re glad to receive advice on what to try out. On this note, a handmade concoction that was as arresting as it was enjoyable, comprising the essence of quince, vanilla and egg white, and garnished with a golden-yellow tuile was my partner’s choice of beverage; while I thoroughly relished my refreshing, thirst-quenching ginger lemon squash.

Shortly after, our table was covered with an array of appetizers, including a velvety Hummus, with warm pitta bread that I just could not resist, and a moreish Kashke bademjan (eggplant dip) served in its own skin. Picture rich, smashed and whipped aubergine, topped with onion chips, garlic mint oil and sour yogurt, adorned with pomegranate. Save some of that pitta bread to wipe every last bit from your plate.

Large skewers of Shish tawook and Koobide kebab on a bed of flatbread showed up next, accompanied by Tahchin (Iranian rice dish) with barberries and Saffron rice tahdig (scorched rice dish). The tahdig was downright delectable, with aromatic saffron butter notes shining through its crunchy caramelised layer; while the tahchin was an elaborate preparation featuring roasted pistachios and almonds. The Shish tawook (chicken kebabs) skewers were served with a side of toum, and every piece was cooked to perfection; while the Koobide kebabs (minced meat kebabs) were as scrumptious as ever.

Quite stuffed by now, we shared a sweet treat from the Breakfast/Lunch menu, and it was a complete indulgence. Picture French toast, cut into cubes coated in brown sugar and cinnamon, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Lotus biscuit, and a sinful serving of Lotus crème. By its side, lies a ruby red poached apple. One bite in and it felt like we were eating a warm apple pie.


The verdict:

A stylish setting, an inviting ambience and fabulous food and beverages. BUUR is great for no-frills dinners with friends, a night out on the town with your partner and fun family gatherings. Parents will also be happy to know, there is a special kids’ section on the menu, so do take the kids along too.


Book now:

Brunch from Sunday to Saturday from 9am-6pm, Dinner from Sunday to Saturday from 6pm to 1am and Bar and Shisha Lounge from Sunday to Saturday from 9-1am. Call +9714 456 0477. Visit the website or Instagram.